If you haven’t seen plenty of images of the HTC M8 by now, you just haven’t been paying attention. Over the last few weeks, a bunch of supposed pictures of this smartphone have been published, and while uncertainty clouded some of those early looks, by now we’re starting to get a better sense for exactly how the phone might appear. Today, a new shot of the phone in a protective case arrives, and there are a couple things about it we find particularly noteworthy.

We’ve noticed quite a bit of concern in your comments about that black bar with the HTC logo, unnecessarily eating up real estate thanks to the move to virtual Android buttons. While it’s been present in many M8 shots, it’s been absent from a few as well. After seeing it in some of the most recent pics, including this one today, we’re left with the impression that it will indeed be present on the finished phone.

The other thing we notice is the image on the handset’s screen here. It should look familiar, as it generally aligns with a leak from earlier this month. Back then, though, a number of portions of the screen were blurred-out, including the date. That’s back now, matching the time and location for the invites HTC just sent out, but we don’t really see anything similarly juicy in the now-unblurred areas from the bottom of the home screen. There’s also a newly blurred section of the status bar; what could be hiding here? Perhaps a clue pointing to a carrier?

And in case you have any doubts about some of those rear shots, @evleaks reiterates that the M8 will have dual rear cameras, just like we’ve been seeing.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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